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Postby Brenda on Fri May 04, 2012 7:09 am

Lucas is having a sales tax election.

Lucas residents shop in Allen, Fairview and many other cities and pay a higher sales tax in those towns than Lucas has.
The sales tax has helped neighboring towns build their roads and fund other municipal projects.

Now it is Lucas' turn!
Like it or not, Walmart is coming along with other commercial properties.
The sales tax increases go directly to fund two things:
1) Road construction
2) Lowering the CITY property tax rate (or at least keeping it at its already low rate)
Lucas city tax rate is 37 cents as compared to Lovejoy ISD's $1.535 rate.

This is really a no-brainer.
Voting NO to both sales tax increases means you vote for the citizens of Lucas to bear the entire cost of roads and city infrastructure costs while aiding other cities in their municipal projects.

Voting YES to both sales tax increases means you vote for surrounding town citizenry to help Lucas with their municipal projects, as Lucas residents have done in their towns for decades!
If both sales tax increases pass, the Lucas sales tax would still be 1/2% less than other towns.
Please vote FOR both SALES tax increases.

From the city....

Sales Tax Proposals for
May 12, 2012 Special Election
At the council meeting on February 16, 2012, the City
Council voted to pass an ordinance that will place two
sales tax changes on the May 12, 2012 ballot. Earlier
that week you should have received a mailer that explained
the proposed additional tax rates. The
information sent to you provided answers to a number
of questions you may have about this proposal.
The same information is now posted on the City
website at http://www.lucastexas.us. Additionally, copies of
the information may be picked up at City hall.
Briefly described, the two additional sales taxes being
proposed are as follows:
Sales Tax to Reduce Property Tax Rate
This additional tax would be used to reduce property
taxes for Lucas property owners
. The amount of
property tax revenue used in calculating the property
tax rate would be lowered by an amount equal to the
revenue produced by the additional sales tax,
resulting in lower property tax rates.

Municipal Sales Tax for Street Maintenance
This additional tax would generate additional revenue
to the city to be used for maintenance and repair of
existing City streets that are our responsibility
county or state roads.)
Each of these two proposed additional sales taxes
would add 1/4 of 1 percent to the current Lucas
sales tax rate of 7.25%, resulting in a combined total
sales tax of 7.75% if both are approved. Most
surrounding communities have a combined tax rate of
To the left of this page you will find the proposed
ballot wording. You may vote for one and against the
other, in favor of both, or against both.
Please take the time to read the complete information
you previously received very carefully as it may
address additional questions you may have.
For any further questions, call City Manager Jeff
Jenkins at 972-727-8999 or email him at

Proposed Additional Sales Tax
Ballot Language
Proposition 1
The adoption of an additional sales and use tax within
the City of Lucas, Texas, at the rate of one-fourth of
one percent to be used to reduce the property tax
_______________ For ____________ Against
Proposition 2
The adoption of a local sales and use tax in the City of
Lucas, Texas, at the rate of one-fourth of one percent
to provide revenue for maintenance and repair of municipal
_______________ For ____________ Against
May 12, 2012 Special Election
Early Voting
The Early Voting location will be in the Conference
Room in City Hall, 665 Country Club (enter
through the front door of City Hall):
Monday April 30th 8 AM to 5 PM
Tuesday May 1st 7 AM to 7 PM
Wednesday May 2nd 8 AM to 5 PM
Thursday May 3rd 8 AM to 5 PM
Friday May 4th 8 AM to 5 PM
Monday May 7th 8 AM to 5 PM
Tuesday May 8th 7 AM to 7 PM
Election Day
On Election Day you may cast your ballot in the
Council Chambers of City Hall, 665 Country Club
(enter through the south entrance of City Hall):
Saturday May 12th 7am-7pm
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